Way definition

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(slang) Very; extremely.
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Freedom to do as one wishes.

If I had my way.

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An aptitude or facility.

She certainly does have a way with words.

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Way is a space for passing or going from one place to another, or a manner of doing something.

An example of a way is the route to get from one place to another.

An example of a way is folding a shirt in half lengthwise and in half again.

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A state or condition.

He is in a bad way financially.

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Vicinity.

Drop in when you're out our way.

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A longitudinal strip on a surface that serves to guide a moving machine part.
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(nautical) The structure on which a ship is built and from which it slides when launched.
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A road, path, or highway affording passage from one place to another.
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An opening affording passage.

This door is the only way into the attic.

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Space to proceed.

Cleared the way for the parade.

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Opportunity to advance.

Opened the way to peace.

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A course that is or may be used in going from one place to another.

Tried to find the shortest way home.

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Progress or travel along a certain route or in a specific direction.

On her way north.

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(informal) Distance.

The travelers have come a long way. That village is a good ways off.

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A course of conduct or action.

Tried to take the easy way out of the mess he was in.

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A manner or method of doing something.

Several ways of solving this problem; had no way to reach her.

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Used with a personal pronoun as the object of various verbs to indicate progress toward an objective.

Elbowed his way through the crowd; talked my way into the club; worked his way into a better job.

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A usual or habitual manner or mode of being, living, or acting.

The American way of life.

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An individual or personal manner of behaving, acting, or doing.

Have it your own way.

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A specific direction.

He glanced my way.

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A participant. Often used in combination.

A three-way conversation.

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An aspect, particular, or feature.

Resembles his father in many ways; in no way comparable.

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Nature or category.

Not much in the way of a plot.

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(informal) By a great distance or to a great degree; far.

Way off base; way too expensive.

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(informal) From this place; away.

Go way.

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(informal) Used in response to no way to indicate affirmation contradicting a negative assertion.
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A means of passing from one place to another, as a road, highway, street or path.

The Appian Way.

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Room or space for passing; free area; an opening, as in a crowd or traffic.

Clear a way for the ambulance.

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A route or course that is or may be used to go from one place to another.

Highway, railway, one-way street.

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A specified route or direction.

On the way to town.

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A usual or customary manner of living, acting, or being.

The way of the world.

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A characteristic manner of acting or doing.

To learn the ways of other people.

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Manner or style.

To have a pleasant way.

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Distance [a long way off]

Just a little ways to go.

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Direction of movement or action.

Go this way; look this way.

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Respect; point; particular; feature.

To be right in some ways.

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What one desires; wish; will.

To have or get one's own way.

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Relationship as to those taking part.

A four-way conversation.

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(informal) A (specified) state or condition.

To be in a bad way.

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(informal) A district; locality; area.

Out our way.

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(mech.) A surface or slide on which the carriage of a lathe, etc. moves along its bed.
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(naut.) Movement, esp. forward movement, of a ship or boat through the water.
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(shipbuilding) A framework on which a ship is built and down which it slides in being launched.
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A course of action; method or manner of doing something.

Do it this way.

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A means to an end; method.

A way to cut costs.

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To a considerable extent or distance; far; well.

Way beyond, way in, way back.

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(informal) Much; to a considerable degree.

Way better, way more, way too slow.

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(slang) Really, very, extremely, etc.

Hip friends who are way cool.

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To do with a place or places.
  • A road, a direction, a (physical or conceptual) path from one place to another.
    Do you know the way to the airport? Come this way and I'll show you a shortcut. It's a long way from here.
  • A means to enter or leave a place.
    We got into the cinema through the back way.
  • A roughly-defined geographical area.
    If you're ever 'round this way, come over and visit me.
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A method or manner of doing something; a mannerism.

You're going about it the wrong way. He's known for his quirky ways. I don't like the way she looks at me.

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Personal interaction.
  • Possibility (usually in the phrases 'any way' and 'no way').
    There's no way I'm going to clean up after you.
  • Determined course; resolved mode of action or conduct.
    My little sister always whines until she gets her way.
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(paganism) A tradition within the modern pagan faith of Heathenry, dedication to a specific deity or craft, Way of wyrd, Way of runes, Way of Thor etc.
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(nautical) Speed, progress, momentum.
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A degree, an amount, a sense.

In a large way, crocodiles and alligators are similar.

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(As the head of an interjectory clause) Acknowledges that a task has been done well, chiefly in expressions of sarcastic congratulation.

Way to ruin the moment, guys.

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See also way.
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(informal, with comparative or modified adjective) Much.

I'm way too tired to do that.

I'm a way better singer than she.

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(slang, with positive adjective) Very.

I'm way tired.

String theory is way cool, except for the math.

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(informal) Far.

I used to live way over there.

The farmhouse is way down the bottom of the hill.

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(only in reply to no way) It is true.
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(obsolete) To travel.
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The name of the letter for the w sound in Pitman shorthand.
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Christianity (in translations of texts from the 1st century AD, notably the Acts of the Apostles)
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(Sussex) The South Downs Way.

We're walking along the Way now.

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A path in life; course or habits of life or conduct.

To fall into evil ways.

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all the way
  • From beginning to end; completely:
    Drove all the way from Detroit to Pittsburgh.
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by the way
  • Incidentally:
    By the way, you forgot to cash that check.
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by way of
  • Through; via:
    Flew to the Far East by way of the polar route.
  • As a means of:
    Made no comment by way of apology.
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go out of (one's)
  • To inconvenience oneself in doing something beyond what is required.
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in a way
  • To a certain extent; with reservations:
    I like the new styles, in a way.
  • From one point of view:
    In a way, you're right.
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in the way
  • In a position to obstruct, hinder, or interfere.
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(informal) no way
  • Certainly not:
    Did you like that movie?—No way! It was boring.
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on (one's)
  • In the process of coming, going, or traveling:
    She is on her way out the door. Winter is on the way.
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on the way
  • On the route of a journey:
    Met him on the way to town; ran into them on the way.
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out of the way
  • In such a position as not to obstruct, hinder, or interfere.
  • Taken care of; disposed of:
    Some details to get out of the way first.
  • In a remote location.
  • Of an unusual character; remarkable.
  • Improper; amiss:
    Said nothing out of the way.
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the way
  • In the manner that:
    The way he talks, you'd think he ran the company.
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under way
  • In motion or operation.
  • In ongoing development; in progress.
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be on one's way
  • to start or resume one's journey
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by the way
  • incidentally
  • on or beside the way
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by way of
  • passing through; through; via
  • as a way, method, mode, or means of
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come someone's way
  • to come within someone's scope or range; come to someone
  • to turn out successfully for someone
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give way
  • to withdraw; yield
  • to break down; collapse
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give way to
  • to step aside for; yield to
  • to give free expression to
    To give way to tears.
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go all the way
  • to proceed or agree completely
  • to engage in sexual intercourse
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go out of the way
  • to inconvenience oneself; do something that one would not ordinarily do, or that requires extra or deliberate effort or trouble
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have a way with
  • to be skilled in or adept in the use of
    A writer who has a way with words.
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have one's way with
  • to engage in sexual intercourse with
  • to dominate; exercise power or mastery over
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in the way
  • in such a position or of such a nature as to obstruct, hinder, impede, or prevent
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in the way of
  • being as designated; constituting
    We had very little in the way of food.
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lead the way
  • to be a guide or example
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make one's way
  • to advance or proceed
  • to advance in life or succeed, as by one's own efforts
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make way
  • to make room; clear a passage
  • to make progress
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no way
  • in no manner; by no means; not at all
    no way am I going to the concert.
  • used to express emphatic refusal, surprise, disbelief, dismay, etc. [You were at the party too? No way!]: pronounced with a rising stress
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on the way out
  • becoming unfashionable, obsolescent, etc.
  • dying
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out of the way
  • in a position so as not to hinder or interfere
  • disposed of
  • not on the right or usual route or course
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parting of the ways
  • an ending of a relationship as because of a disagreement
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see one's way clear
  • to be willing (to do something)
  • to find it convenient or possible
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take one's way
  • to go on a journey; travel
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the way
  • according to the way that; as
    With things the way they are.
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under way
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
way
Plural:
-ways

Origin of way

  • Middle English from Old English weg wegh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English wei, wai, weighe, from Old English weġ, from Proto-Germanic *wegaz, from Proto-Indo-European *weǵʰ-. Cognate with West Frisian wei, Low German Weg, Dutch weg, German Weg, Danish vej, Swedish väg, Latin vehō, via, Albanian udhë.

    From Wiktionary